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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Charming Book

I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly ...
I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly recommend his juvenile fiction.

posted by Pinky_Pye on January 30, 2010

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two

I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two chapters of Odd and the Frost Giant I thought I was going to be. But I'm not. The first two chapters of this book made me slap down the $9.99 for the 57 page e-book---I never pay that much for an e-book let...
I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two chapters of Odd and the Frost Giant I thought I was going to be. But I'm not. The first two chapters of this book made me slap down the $9.99 for the 57 page e-book---I never pay that much for an e-book let alone a 57 page one. That's how great the first two chapters were. And here I must say a hearty... BUT...

From that point on it did nothing. Nothing, but frustrate me. The character of Odd, though intriguing in the first two chapters, proved to be more one-dimensional than most characters in the Sunday funny's. That's not to say Odd and the Frost Giant is an awful book. There were moments I enjoyed, but largely I kept reading only because I had paid so much for it. The story is not really children's story (IMHO). It's about a child, and there's some mildly comical dialogue, but there's where the similarity ends. There's one moment where a brief but visceral explanation was given of what a hand ax was used for (severing flesh from bone for sacrifices to the Norse god Loki) that just felt incredibly out of place for a novel for youngsters. When the story had ended (no I won't spoil the ending for you if you still want to read it, but) something happens that left me feeling Odd had lost his childhood far too quickly. Mr. Gaiman is obviously a frequently read author, but if I had been his editor, I'd have taken him back to the beginning of chapter three and told him he needed to change almost everything after that point.

That's my mostly-humble opinion. I mean no disrespect. But my advice... Save the money, save the time, buy something that is enjoyable all the way through. I would recommend something by C.S. Lewis or even Windblowne by Stephen Messer. Although currently that is the only book of Messer's that I can recommend. I hope this review helps.

May all your Dreams be Dreams,

Geno

posted by GenoWrites on March 6, 2012

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    Short and Mildly Entertaining This book is meant for children o

    Short and Mildly Entertaining

    This book is meant for children or people with short attention spans. A kid friendly version of Norse mythology serves as the setting for this story. Other than that there isn't anything else worth mentioning.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 11, 2013

    Not bad

    Not bad at all

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    entertaining, but with little impact

    Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants was fun, and had numerous good moments... but (and you knew there was a 'but' coming)... it felt surprisingly thin, compared to, say, 'Coraline.' The storytelling itself was fine, the mythological spin was fresh, and it certainly wasn't boring, but the emotional impact, for me, was light.

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